Florida Lawsuit Against License Plate Readers Advances

A Florida judge earlier this month found merit in the argument that automated license plate readers (ALPR, also known as ANPR) might violate state privacy laws. The New Civil Liberties Alliance, a group that seeks to limit the power of administrative agencies, sued the city of Coral Gables on behalf Raul Mas Canosa, a motorist who was tracked by the city’s cameras.

“If I’ve done nothing wrong and have no criminal record, why is my city monitoring me?” Canosa asked.

Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Judge Abby Cynamon rejected the city’s attempt to have the anti-camera lawsuit thrown out on the grounds that motorists have no expectation of privacy. The city also argued that because Canosa is not a subject of any investigation, he has not been harmed.